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Why is there not enough being done in terms of reducing our impacts on climate change?

The issues regarding climate change have been on the rise in the media world (well the non-bias media at least) in the past few months.

1) There is 95% certainty that human activity is the cause of global warming.
2) Carbon dioxide is at an unprecedented level since the last 800,00 years.
3) Sea levels are expected to rise at a faster rate than the last 40 years, and
4) Over the last 2 decades, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have been melting at an increasingly high rate, as well as glaciers receding in most parts of the world.

This is not the only thing that catches the eye when it comes to polluting the environment. As we speak, football fields worth of land is being destroyed, in particular the Amazon rain forest, due to the need for expansion of agriculture and fertile land. This not only causes the highest amount of biodiversity loss, but is also one of the biggest contributors to release of GHG (greenhouse gases).

Fortunately there are alternatives. In fact, alternative and renewable technologies world wide are just waiting to be embraced...
Sadly, little action is being implemented by leaders world wide to really curb our fossil fuels consumption.

What in the world is it going to take to wake people up? Or even world leaders for that matter? Should there be more consequences not meeting targets for GHG reductions? Less subsidization in fossil fuels?

Let me know your thoughts!

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    Nov 25 2013: Mr. Freeman,
    You live in a great city, I have visited and have to praise the warm reception in spite of Canadian's justifiable anger of the colonists treatment of the royalists back in the 18th century.

    Why are more people not interested doing something about the climate? Good question, been asked and evidentially unsuccessfully answered.
    So, let me try...
    1. The global climate is in a constant state of flux. It is a cosmological phenomenon with beginnings found in the position of our solar system in the revolution of our galaxy.
    2. It's 95% of a small group of people who were asked and the group was not an unbiased sample.
    3. CO2 is mostly controlled by temperature of the seas, and if the seas are warmer, CO2 goes up and glaciers melt as do ice caps. Seas warm mostly through underwater volcanos....
    4. People do effect their local environments. Large cities create hot spots and weather inversions. Concentrations of industrial activities giving off GHGs doesn't make the local weather better.
    5. New alternatives are not that new and can create more problems then they solve. Wind farms take energy out of the winds and that could have weather effect down wind. Forest being cleared in South America... not so much to grow food for the masses as to grow grains for ethanol. Solar panels can work but only during the day so any saving using sun light is more then lost trying to spread out the power for night use. At best these systems are useful for supplemental power but, the basic source is fossil fuels and in spite of the fear factor... nuclear power.
    6. The people have heard. They hear the shrieking of zealots about the end of times unless we do something... nothing that can really could be done. They have heard politicians ranting about redistribution of wealth to poorer countries so they don't continue to use "fossil fuels" In legalese, extortion. And the people are dismissing all the discussion.
    These are my thoughts.
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      Nov 25 2013: Interesting thing you brought up about wind farms causing weather effects down receding wind paths, mind sending me a link to this info? I would like to understand more on it. Thanks!
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        Nov 25 2013: I read about local weather around wind farms in the magazine Scientific American. Summary was that wind farm turbulence mixes warm and cold air masses and this effect can be measured by temperature differences. There was no consensus on the long term effects.... aka needs more study.

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